One Year Later, WaPo Blames ‘Gun Violence’ For Orlando, No Mention Of Islamic Terror
It’s been one year since the horrific Orlando nightclub terror attack at the hands of a radical Islamic terrorist and the Washington Post is still trying to figure out what could have possibly motivated the mass murder.
On Monday, the Post published a strange column––flagged by the Washington Free Beacon this morning––that omitted any mention that Islamic terrorism played a role in the slaughter of 49 innocent people at the Pulse nightclub on that June evening in Orlando, FL.
In a piece titled “A year ago, 49 people died at Pulse Nightclub. Today, Orlando remembers,” author Katie Mettler completely disregards the self-proclaimed motivations of the terrorist Omar Mateen. Mettler refused to acknowledge any correlation between Islam or terror and the attack, instead choosing to point the finger at “gun violence”.
While describing a memorial service for the victims, Mettler said, “By the end of the night, more than 1,000 people had gathered to remember what happened last June, when Orlando became the first U.S. city of the summer — before Falcon Heights, Minn., and Baton Rouge and Dallas — to be upended by gun violence.”
What makes the WaPo column so bizarre, even for radical Islamist apologists, is that there wasn’t any speculation to be made regarding the motives of Omar Mateen. This was not a case of supposed Islamophobes blaming religion for the actions of a man who just happened to have a Muslim name.
According to the transcripts from the 911 call, Mateen was quite clear as to what inspired his murderous rampage.
“Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God,” Mateen said in Arabic before switching to English: “I wanna let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.”
“My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.”
But why take his word for it? I guess Katie Mettler may never know what motivated Omar Mateen to commit one of the worst mass murders in history.
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